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9/10 M-I Town Column: Patty Taylor Dutcher

Saturday begins a wonderful season of football at McArthur Stadium on the Western Oregon University campus, when Coach Arne Ferguson and our Wolves will meet Central Washington University at 1 p.m.

We're looking forward to another exciting year of college football right here in MI Town and an opportunity to have a great time. WOU football is fun for the entire family, and an excellent way to support our community.

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For those of us who are political junkies, the Democratic and Republican conventions were interesting and gave us the opportunity to learn more about the candidates who will govern our country for the next four years.

Though there will be much less fanfare and publicity, many state and local candidates for office will be seeking our votes and it is so important that we know as much about those running for office as possible. The first and most important task is to register to vote so that your voice can be heard and that your vote will make a difference.

On the local level, we have many well-qualified candidates who are running for city and county offices. When you can take the time to become involved in local issues, good things can happen for you and your community.

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Our local farmers markets continue to keep us all supplied with the best and freshest fruits and vegetables, and at this time of year it is possible to enjoy good things from the garden every day. How fortunate we all are to be able to set aside a small garden plot in our yard to grow our favorite vegetables. Gardening is something that children of all ages can participate in and we can share with friends and neighbors, too.

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The Smith Fine Arts Concert Series begins soon, with the first performance of The Capitol Steps on Tuesday, Oct. 7. For more information regarding the concert series and ticket availability, please call 503-838-8333. For information on the pre-performance dinners at Gentle House, call 503-838-8147.

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MI Town's excellent libraries in Independence and Monmouth have concluded their summer programs for children and youth of all ages, and what an exciting summer it was.

We are so fortunate to have such enthusiastic and energetic librarians who are constantly seeking good ideas and searching out new programs for our children and teens -- and this fall brings even more good things to share with everyone.

Stop by either library to learn more about the interesting programs available. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.

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Chemeketa Community College's fall classes begin Sept. 29. Many classes are available in our area. Registration information is available by calling 503-623-5567 or stopping by the CCC Dallas Center at 1340 SE Holman Avenue.

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We are saddened to learn of the untimely death of Connor Guy of Dallas, son of Greg and Heidi Guy and husband of Kylie Guy. Connor is also survived by his brothers, Tyler and Ryan, and their wives, as well as other family members. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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